Shaping the Leaders of Tomorrow

Now in its 20th year, the OUJLIC’s (Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus) network of Torah directors provide support for students at 23 campuses in the United States, Canada, and Israel.

Connectingwith students at a formative time in their lives, OU-JLIC fosters an ongoing commitment to Torah study and lifestyle, providing a warm and welcoming home for Jewish students on campus.

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Photo on left: Shira Boshnack (OU-JLIC at Brooklyn College) delivering food to local students.
Photo on right: Rabbi Aaron and Miriam Greenberg (OU-JLIC at Greater Toronto) at their Kickoff 2020 BBQ event.
5,823
VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON COFFEE DATES WITH OUJLIC CAMPUS DIRECTORS AND STUDENTS/ALUMNI
6,933
MEALS DELIVERED TO STUDENTS
1,467
VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON SHIURIM/CHABUROT
19,747
STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO JOINED OUR SHIURIM AND CHABUROT EITHER VIRTUALLY OR IN PERSON
7,317
HALACHIC QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY OU-JLIC DIRECTORS, 1,790 RELATED TO COVID-19

Doing What Matters In Corona Times

Killing COVID with Kindness @ NYU

From the moment the crisis became a reality — just before Pesach — OU-JLIC students and alumni went into action on a large scale: making the Javits Center kosher within 24 hours, filling food pantries and delivering groceries, and distributing $15,000 in emergency food, rent, and debt relief. During the first week of the crisis, they distributed hundreds ofcare packages to the homeless and 100 Pesach meals and sedarim to the Javits Center COVID Field Hospital. In the following months, volunteers made weekly calls to over 150 isolated seniors. Thanks to OU-JLIC students, thousands of people know that someone cares.

Entertaining Homebound Seniors

For thousands of seniors unable to get to adult activity centers during the pandemic, life became dangerous and isolating. In response, OU-JLIC partnered with the Met Council on Jewish Poverty to create online enrichment classes taught by talented OU-JLIC members. Class topics included Jewish character development, taught by the head of Cornell’s Jewish Studies Department; armchair fitness, taught by a graduate student in kinesiology; and classical music, taught by an NYU music student.

Getting People What They Need

Problem: Getting seniors and the immunocompromised what they need during COVID-19. Solution: Students from OU-JLIC at Greater Toronto set up a program that matches locals in need with a volunteer WhatsApp group. To date, volunteers have shopped for nearly 300 residents in the Toronto area.

OU-JLIC at NYU Students giving first responders care packages with Rabbi Joe Wolfson.

OU-JLIC at NYU students delivering food packages to homebound seniors.

Leaning Into Love In Corona Times

A Wedding We Could Not Have Imagined

Imagine planning the wedding of your dreams—only to find yourself trapped in a pandemic, wondering if you can even have a wedding, and if so, what it would look like. Such was the case for many students at the onset of the coronavirus. OU-JLIC was there for them: From mid-March through early October, directors virtually taught nearly 130 chattanim/kallot, and 15 were Mesader kiddushin, making sure that, despite the compromised circumstances, each wedding was a happy, memorable event.
"When we realized that COVID-19 was going to impact our wedding, we immediately called Rabbi Greenberg [OU-JLIC director, Toronto]. He helped us navigate the many questions that arose in both halacha and Canadian law, officiated at our five person backyard wedding, and did everything possible to make it special!"
– Pearl and Nadav

The Giving Chain

Inspired by the Yom Kippur Break-fast Goodie Bags home-delivered by OU-JLIC, a Cal State University, Northridge (CSUN) student wanted to give back too. So, in consultation with OU-JLIC at CSUN, he decided to sponsor a single-parent family with two young children for Sukkot. Initially, the student pledged $400. Then, reflecting on the single-family household he grew up in and the struggles they faced, he decided to donate $1,000. Thanks to the student, the family celebrated Sukkot free from financial stress.

Leaning in with Torah

As campuses shut down in March and then partly reopened in the fall, students craved safe, meaningful learning and social programming. OU-JLIC answered the call: In June, campus directors led a four-week, nightly virtual beit midrash for college students, which included intensive Torah study, cooking classes, women’s yoga, music, and storytelling.

University of Chicago OU-JLIC students delivering meals to seniors.
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